>> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live... >> presidential pact. >> we've agreed that neither the u.s. or the chinese government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property. >> an agreement on cyber spying comes with a warning toen china abouto chinaabout its end of th. offensive president sepp blatter is questioned by
officials, amid an investigation into fifa. >> all we are looking at is the truth of the event but it seems that in mexico we don't have the right to the truth. >> families go on a hunger strike and blaming the government for the lack ever progress. message to the world. >> you worry about the future of the planet. >> at the united nations, pope francis calls on leaders to work for peace and to protect the poor and the environment. >> good evening i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america. tonight in washington, president obama is hosting a state dinner for visiting chinese president xi jinping. the leaders spent the day meeting about sensitive areas of concern including cyber
espionage, climate change and china's military moves in the south china sea. while they came together on some measures, there remains a gulf in others. about 200 pro, and antigovernment protesters, were separated by military police. mike viqueria joins us, the visit has been eclipped by pope francis but there were sizable subjects that were addressed. >> as the two leaders that were carrying on a conference in the rose guarantee, the wiegers, a
strong contingent who were supporting the xi visit. meanwhile these two leaders met and beneath the glitter and glamor that happened just about an hour ago, the couple and their chinese counters parts. there is tension between the two countries no question bit both on the economic front and on the security front as well. call it a gentleman's agreement, president obama and china's president exiez sai xi said thet allow cyber-crime. but skepticism remains clear. >> what i said to president xi and to american people, the question is now, are words followed by actions. an we will be watching carefully to make an assessment as to whether progress has been made in this area. >> reporter: 22 million
americans mostly government employees were alleged victims of the hack of office of personnel management. earlier this week, the investigation revealed the hack also involved 5 million sets of fingerprints. while the white house was careful not to lay blame, china agreed to hold up its side of the deal. >> investigations and information-sharing. >> this is a state visit, diplomacy that usually ising for the united states close allies. conversation on the south china sea. >> i reiterated the right of all countries to freedom of navigation and overflight and to
unimpeded commerce. >> but xi rejected the claims to all but a part of the disputed region. >> islands in the south china sea since ancient times are china's territory. we have a right to uphold our sovereignty and legitimate interests. >> one area of common ground, climate change. china announced cap and trade directions. to help the country move away from use of fossil fuels. xi clashed with advocates for tibet, wiegers and others. as china contraction down on civil rights, in the rose garden, the protest fell on deaf ears. >> we must recognize that countries have different historical processes, and we must respect countries to pursue
their own paths independently. cap and trade from the chinese leader from the obama administration in reducing coal use, all of this on the eve of a climate sum in paris later this year. antonio. we will look at the u.s. military concerns about china. amass tonight in front of aen audience of 20,000 people. he talked about the significance of holding the ceremony at a packed madison square guarantee. >> this is sigh site of importat musical and athletic events in this place which represents both the variety and common interests of so many different people, we have listened to the words, the
people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. >> the pontiff also spoke about the challenges of living in large cities and the many faces of the pee poor and homeless wht overlooked. the pope's busy day included a ride through central park where police say 80,000 people lined the paths to get a view of the pontiff. the nonstop procession slowly moved through the park. the pope also visited a catholic elementary school in harlem. he was serenaded by our lady of the angels catholic school. no longer there. before giving an emotionally speech the ground zero the pope met privately with family members of first responders. the pope's first stop was at the united nations, he addressed
what officials called the largest collection of world leaders in u.n. history. our diplomatic editor james bays reports. >> the pope entering this large domed hall, this time not a place of worship, instead in many ways the secular cathedral of global diplomacy. >> we are here to listen. muchas gracias, thank you very much. it was a wide ranging speech touching brought issues like inequality, poverty, the environment, education, and the scourge of war. >> translator: not only in cases of religious or cultural persecution but in every situation of conflict as in ukraine, syria, iraq libya south sudan and the great lakes region, real human beings take
precedence over partisan interests however lejts the latter malegitimate thelatter m. >> the pope's speech touched on all the main interests of the day, building on the millenium development goals they celebrated as they adopted new goals, the sustainable development goals which run for the next 15 years. their task summed up by the phrase repeatedly uttered here, leave no one behind. for the first time, the flag of the holy see was raised outside u.n. headquarters. a recent ruling by the general assembly allows observer states to do this. palestine will raise its flag for first time at a ceremony flex week. technically the vatican status here hasn't changed. it is an observer. but the pope did much more than observe. laying out the key issues and themes of the new global goals. and it was clear, by the time he left, that the world was
listening. james bays, al jazeera, at the united nations. >> john terret was also at the united nations today and john the pope made the environment a large part of his speech to those leaders. >> reporter: you know antonio he really did. he made it a very, very large part indeed and it's one of his pet subjects, not only since he became pope but also when he was ocardinal back in buenos aires. the pope thinks it's perfectly possible for human kind to reverse the effects of climate change as long as we work smartly and rapidly. to do the part of what they can to keep climate change at bay. at one point the pope talked about humanity's right to the environment. take a listen. >> translator: we christians together with the other monotheistic religions believe
that the universe is the fruit of a loving decision by the creator who permits man, respectfully, to use creation for the good of his fellow man, and for the glory of the creat creator. but he is not authorized to abuse it. much less is he authorized to destroy it. in all religions, the environment is a fundamental good. >> reporter: and antonio, the pope used environment or environmental no fewer than 16 times, at least 16 times, in the course of his speech this morning here at u.n. headquarters. antonio. >> he also john called on world leaders to work for peace. >> yeah one of the other pet themes he has is ending global war. and he spoke to that by referencing the recent deal between tehran and the five permanent members of the council plus germany to halt or slow
down iran's nuclear progress, as far as building a bomb. the pope does not want to see nuclear proliferation when it comes to arms. here is more how he talked about the deal recent inked between the united states or at least agreed between the united states, the other four members of the security council, germany and tehran. >> translator: the recent agreement reached on the nuclear question in a sensitive region of asia and the middle east, is proof of the potential of political goodwill and of law, exercised with sincerity, patience, and constancy. i express my hope that this agreement will be lasting and efficious, and bring forth the desired fruits with the cooperation of all the parties involved.
>> reporter: and on top of all of that the pope had a one on one meeting with ban ki-moon, the secretary-general of the united nations, and he thanked them for all their work and sacrifice around the world, he asked them to pray for him and he said if you don't believe then perhaps you will send me good wishes, just as he did yesterday in the congress. antonio. >> a very busy day john thanks. the final leg of the pope's visit begins tomorrow, when he heads to philadelphia. in the afternoon about 40,000 are suspected at independence mall where the pope will talk about immigration. and tomorrow night the pope will preside over a prayer vigil. al jazeera america will have complete coverage of pope francis in america throughout the weekend. swiss prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into outgoing fifa
president spep blatter. the head of soccer's world governing body was beset, lee wellings has the story. >> the net of criminal investigation has been closing around fifa headquarters. the question had been when the investigation would reach the president. the answer came on the day sepp blatter chaired an executive committee meeting. behind closed doors he was interrogated by swiss officers of the attorney general and his data seized. media outside were waiting for a press conference that never happened. in september 2005 mr. joseph blatter, signed a contract unfairvelg to fifa. blatter coouched of abusing his
position with that contract and one signed in 2011 for work done a decade earlier, that to michel platini. set to replace blatter, but platini was also questioned at fifa hq and is also embroid i en a sorry mess. a form of apology came from blatter's lawyers. chance to review documents and the evidence they will see no mismanagement occurred. eyironically fifa had announced more transparency from the ethics committee. >> i think he will have to be suspended, at least, if he's referred to the fifa ethics committee then he will have to step down as president, have to be suspended. because he is set to step down
in february anyway i think this is the end for blatter. >> outside of fifa long before the fbi's dramatic investigation which ended in 14 arrest, these geopolitically sensitive work continues and leaves fifa in complete turmoil with a farce clfarcically discredited head tn poosht by crime. apart by crime about. vw's company has admitted to rigging emission on 11 million of its diesel cars. the new ceo promises to leave no stone unturned.
vw could be evading pollution tests in other models. the agency would greivel test those cars as well. but the scientists who uncovered volkswagen's cheating in the u.s., the exhaust control technologies are different from those of the diesel engines. the u.s. is ready to release another guantanamo ba guantanam. and children under attack while trying to seek asylum in finland. dozens of mexican students vanished, their parents demand answers from mexico's president.
>> public and diplomatic pressure might have helped a guantanamo bay detain ehis freedom. shaker aamer. rosiland jordan reports. >> after more than 18 years at guantanamo bay, sharing aamer sr will be going home. the secretary of defense has approved the guantanamo bay detainee shaker aamer, and taking into case the security that will be provided.
the u.s. detained aamer in 2001. in afghanistan. aamer denied allegations dependence him, saying he had been doing humanitarian work. >> article 11, innocent until proven guilty. >> reporter: aamer was a symbol to those opposed to guantanamo. his status has long been a source of tension between washington and london. aamer was never charmed with any war crimes and he was first cleared for release back in 2007. critics say aamer was a victim of the obama administration's fears of seeming soft on terrorism, and of congressional restrictions on releasing detainees. >> congress is basically using it as a political punching bag. doesn't really matter who's there, doesn't really matter what the obama administration does, congress wants to use this to score points off of the administration to say this is a
national security threat that president obama is trying to make even worse and that's one of the reasons guantanamo is still going to remain open and still so many people are there. >> after shaker aamer is released, there will be 113 men still held at guantanamo. 52 have already been cleared for transfer. it is up to the obama administration to prove it is committed to closing guantanamo by transferring these men sooner rather than later. rosiland jordan, al jazeera, the statement. >> asylum seekers in finland, officials say children were among 40 refugees who were on their way to a reception center in the southern city of latti. the finish government condemned the violence. more than 13,000 asylum seekers have gone to finland this year, most of them from iraq.
hungary says it has removed razor wire from part of its border with slovenia. croatia has also given in to pressure to lift a blockade on its border with serbia, to end a week long standoff. nadim baba reports. >> they've traveled a long way and don't know where they'll end up but now these men women and children are being registered into a temporary camp in croatia. but europe's blame game over how to handle the flow of refugees showed no sign of ending. >> this must be topped on turkey's border. greece is not following any rules, they are sending people through macedonia and serbia.
these people are here less than 24 hours and that was our aim. >> reporter: over the border in serbia the prime minister was showing a senior european union official around a reception center. croatia's accused serbia of failing to police the crossing, an entry point into the eu but it has eased its week long blockade after serbia urged it to do so. >> we must find solutions to help these people in an adequate and human way and this is why i'm here. >> at hungary's border with croatia they are being met by the military. budapest's treatment of the refugees was recently compared by the austrian prime minister
as naziistic. >> there is no corridor because austria hasn't agreed it. austria doesn't want a fence on the hungarian border either. austria doesn't want anything which is not a good position. >> reporter: while europe's politicians bicker, the daily influx of 8,000 refugees will continue into the winter, risking their lives crossing the sea like this group arriving on the greek island of lesbos for a life of peace. nadim ba b, al jazeera. in syria truce has been reached along two key front lines. u.n. brokered deal in the idlib and zabadani regions. also russia is flying surveillance drones around its new air base near latakia,
russia has built up it' its fors to stop it says advances of i.s.i.l, focus on areas held by anti-government forces and not by i.s.i.l. iran is another major supporter of president assad's and u.s. has repeatedly asked iran to stop its involvement in the syrian war. meanwhile the u.s. military has confirmed that syrian fighters it trained handed over ammunition and trucks to the al qaeda linked nusra front. president obama and chinese president xi jinping are enjoying a state dinner tonight. but earlier they talked about pressing issues. the tension is between the two powers that weren't far from the surface. and saudi arabia is placing blame tonight after yesterday's deadly hajj stampede that killed more than 700 pilgrims.
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>> yesterday we witnessed the awesome sight of pope francis addressing the greatest legislative body in the world and i hope we will all heed his call to live by the golden rule. last night i started to think about this and this morning i woke up and i said my prayers as i always g do and i decided tody i'm going to do this, as simple as that. >> boehner said he always planned to only serve two terms as speaker but postponed his retirement last year after eric cantor lost his election. the agenda between president obama and exiechg, leaders agreed on at least one point, they would be more open with each other when it comes to planned military operations.
>> reporter: when china staged a massive military parade earlier this month, it wa was billed by beijing as a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of world war ii. new so-called carrier killer anti-ship missiles designed specifically to take out u.s. aircraft carriers. china insisted its show of strength was in fact a message of peace which president xi jinping reiterated upon his arrival in the u.s. earlier in this week. china's policy is defensive in nature. to demonstrate our commitment to peaceful development. not long ago i announced the size of china's military will be
cut by 300,000. even so, china will have 2 million in military unify, nearly 50% more than the united states. postcold war force reductions in the 1990s aimed not so much at promoting peace as transitioning to a more modern effective military one with more resources going to planes and ships rather than a huge standing army. after meeting at the white house, both presidents restated long standing positions. the u.s. asserting it will continue to conduct naval and air maneuvers close to china's borders and china insisting its construction of islands and air strips on reefs in the south china sea is legal and peaceful. >> i indicated that the united states will continue to sale fly and operate anywhere that international law allows. land reclamation and reconstruction and administration of disputed areas which makes it harder for
countries in the region to resolve disagreements peacefully. >> we're committed to the overflight that accord to international law, undertaking in the islands of south nansha islands do not target or impact any country and china does not intend to pursue militarization. >> days after the pentagon accused chinese jets of becoming close to an rc 35 spy plain of the united states over the south china sea sea. >> that is been no further determination at the time, still under review. >> under the new agreements the u.s. and china will do more to notify each other of planned military moves including any ballistic missile launches.
jamie mcintire, al jazeera, the pentagon. >> joining us now is gordon channing, the author of the coming collapse of china and a forbes contributor. glad to have you back. >> thank you so much. >> president xi and president obama are having a big old party at the white house. you said this is bad publicity for the country. why? >> 21 gun salute, north portico, state dinner, they want those images to go back to china so the chinese people can see we're honoring xi jinping and by implication the communist party. we didn't have to do this. yes, we need to talk to cloin buchinabut we don't need to lege the party at the same time. >> things in china aren't that
great by being respected by the world's greatest power. >> for xi jinping seattle was much more important so he could talk to tech executives, get them on board, get them to put more money into china. that was what was essential. washington is what he had to do in order to go to seattle. he didn't have to come to agreements with president obama on the important issues. there were the agreements on climate change but china is going to put less carbon in the air because of the contraction of the manufacturing sector. they're recognizing the reality that their economy is in trouble and they will not be polluting as much as they did in the past. >> you didn't expect any significant progress on cyber security. so what do you make of this understanding they've talked about today? >> i think we've gone backwards from the perspective of the united states because just a week and a half two weeks ago the president was leaking to the washington post and others that he was willing to impose
sanction on chinese companies that had benefited from information that had been stolen by cyber-means. that got the chinese attention. but right now they have sort of this understanding about a common framework about the way to go forward and clearly it is unenforceable. china's stealing of information is embedded in the communist party in the ministry of state security in the people's liberation party. they're not going to change -- >> a lot of this is sound and fury signifying nothing? >> we're going backwards because now we're going to have there dialogue mechanism, the chinese will continue to take intellectual property perhaps to the tune of $300 billion a year. >> the numbers that have been talked about, they're stealing intellectual property worth hundreds of billions. >> the am of ip that the u.s. uses every yea approximates u.s.
imports to asia. >> what about the intention of oversight? >> oh please, september 15th just on the eve of xi jinping coming to the united states, this was directed from the top of the chinese political system and so, really, they're not trying to have a message of cooperation with us. this was really an attempted intimidation. >> and xi said that the south china islands where they've been building and expanding recently that they are historically chinese he was quite firm about that and then we heard president obama also being fairly firm about how that wasn't going to limit american navigation and military flights in that area. so are wesking for a confrontation here or is a confrontation possible? >> well a confrontation already exists. china seized scarborough shoal
in 2006. china has some historic relationship to some areas in the south china sea. china is trying to use military power and force and intimidation, and in some issues, acts of outright aggression. that's the issue. >> you feel president obama needs to take a tougher line with the chinese? >> absolutely. freedom of negotiation exercises through territory that china considers to be its own but not under the u.n. convention of the law of the sea and customary navigational law, and first we need to have them back off the seizure of scarborough shoal. >> good to see you. >> thank you so much. >> saudi arabia is suggesting pilgrims are partly to blame for the hajj stampede. worshipers may not have followed
crowd control instructions. saudi king salman reviewed crowd direction but that is not calming them. iran blames saudi mismanagement for deaths including those of 131 iranians. a senior cleric called for a saudi official to be held accountable in court. omar al saleh has the latest from minna. >> after the worst tragedy in two decades, hajj pilgrims continue to perform their rituals. the death of 700 fellow hajj pilgrims added distress and sorrow. this is the sprawling tent city of minna with more than 160,000 tents set up. it lies close to where pilgrims stone the devil one of the final rituals of their journeys. took place at a intersection
like this one. on average pilgrims stay here for three to four days. this man witnessed what happened. >> we were walking in one direction and a man in uniform told us to go in another. all of a sudden we were all together and a stampede happened. i called for help and no one helped me. >> others say, the government is doing a good job. >> god help the authorities. it's the pilgrims that cause the problems. people have to have some organization. >> the saudi government has ordered a full review how this incident is being taken. in 2006 the saudis completed a construction of a facility to better handle the influx of pilgrims. this complex is made of five halls and has multiple entrances. once the pilgrims are inside they will go straight to the pillar that represents satan.
they have to throw 23 stones, the other two are further down, the course takes between five to ten minutes and there are lot of security forces arranging the flow of the pilgrims. nearly 2 million pilgrims are performing the hajj this season. controlling and organizing them is a logistical nightmare for the authorities, crane collapse just days before hajj started and now this. the process of identifying the dead has started. the ministry of health has set up special telephone lines for people abroad to check on the well-being of their relatives. performing hajj is a journey of a lifetime and for some that journey has ended here. omar al saleh, al jazeera, minna. blast yesterday at a houthi mosque in sanaa killed 30 people and injured dozens other.
it came at the start of eid el ada. u.n. secretary-general ki-moon. ban ki-moon. >> this secretary-general calls for a full investigation of the bombing and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. >> the u.n. said more than 4500 people have been killed in yemen since march, 400 of them children. the nigerian army says more than 200 boko haram troops surrendered. it is the biggest group to lay down arms since the nigerian army ramped up its fight against boko haram over the past few weeks. nigeria's president has given military commanders a november deadline to end the boko haram insurgency, the group has killed almost 17,000 and is still holding hundreds of kidnapped
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mexico city. >> it's been a year since police an deducted the sons of these mexicans and handed them over to a gang. 43 young men all student teachers were taken in a night that horrified mexico. their parents are still looking for them. their search has taken them across mexico to south america and the united states. many have given up their jobs like clemente rodriguez. >> i can't get to sleep. going round in my mind is where is my son. i'm always thinking about him. i've always said he's alive and as a parent that's how i feel him in my heart. >> the students' kidnapping has ignited pro testing and unified mexicans in grief and anger and years of bloodshed. more than 25,000 people have gone missing in mexico but in this case the mothers and
fathers behind me that have really shaken the country and bring attention to the rest of the disappeared here. as the anniversary of the disappearance looms, parents bussed in to meet enrique pena nieto for the second time. he promised to create a commission for the investigation of the missing. the president closed the meeting, saying we're on the same side, working for same aim, to find out what happened to your children and punish those responsible. >> these parents have heard the same before. deeply flawed investigation into this case and many porters. >> we already knew how the government would respond, that it isn't easy to resolve this problem they need to leave it to the experts. >> they continue a two day hunger protest before a march planned to mark the anniversary
of the tragedy this saturday. but for all the mass events, clemente's wish is a simple one. >> i had a dream that was so real in which my son was chatting with me. we were happy, and i woke up conditioned and that's ho,and i. however long it trace, i'm going to keep on until we find him. >> a determination of a father who can't rest until he knows what happens to his son. john holman, al jazeera, mexico city. >> the journalist jose careno, jose, always good to have you join us. as we heard john holman say, had a case has shaken the country. here we are a year later nobody's been convicted no clear answer he. where does this investigation stand? >> that's a great question.
actually it's the kind of question that all the mexicans are doing. i mean, the reality is, that at this point the way things are, whatever investigation, whatever result that the government's investigation can be presented, is going to be questioned from the beginning. ably those who citi size the government's investigation. the truth is on the one hand, whatever evidence there is, has been so manipulated, whatever information there is, has become more opinion than fact. and at this point in time, one year later, i do not think that we are closer to the truth nor the government nor the fathers. >> because of what you're saying, the families are calling for an internationally supervised investigation because of the way the government has handled this entire incident. do you think that will happen? >> no. no, first, because it is very
difficult for any mexican government, historically, to get subject to whatever international authority there is. the parents may be right into asking for this, although i could say that it's more the parents' advisors than the fathers, having said that, i really don't think that it will happen. now, the other side is that can this is an obvious -- there is certainly concern in the government that this issue is being used as a way to shame and weaken the government in mexico. >> right and president pena nieto has moved to have a special investigator to look into these students but also the thousands of other mexicans who are missing. why has it taken him so long to
do this, especially since it has turned into such a big black eye for him? >> a great political question, many believe that president pena nieto mexican government missed a number of political chances. he should have done yesterday's meeting about a year ago. he should have gone immediately to the - -- to graifer guerrerow some concern for the disappeared students and whe whether this wr was not if you want to say the word, the federal government's guilt. however did he not do that out of political concerns on his agreements or whatever agreements there were with the governor who was a parody, a democratic revolutionary governor and the mayors of the citizens which were also on the
prd coalition. so this thing should -- comes somehow as too little too late. >> right. so in your mind is what's happened over the past year, is it because of corruption? or are we looking at sheer ineptitude in a country where crime often goes unpunished? >> i think that -- i mean it's impossible to say, corruption is out of the way. especially in an area where there is such a big impact such a big influence of drug trafficking groups. but at the same time, there is a great degree of ineptitude in the mexican police, in the duty-share system. we could by no means discard. >> when pena nieto -- pena nieto came into power saying he was going to rid the country of corruption and deal with crime,
homicides are up has he been a complete failure on this front? >> look, he has made some reforms, he has said some reforms he has introduced a new please corp, but these kind of reforms are not the right kind of reforms that can be brought about just in a few days few months. it takes time. now having said that the problem for mexicans in general if the reform has to work now. and that is pena nieto's problem at this point. >> jose always good to have you with us, appreciate you taking the time for us. thanks. she is a popular opera and folk singer, but she's probably best known for her fashion notes. coming up how the first lady of china is grapg th grabbing the .
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>> now our global view segment, a look at how news outlets across the world are reacting to various events. divert attention from the conflict in ukraine. it adds the task facing the u.s. is to add distinction in the fight against terror and russia's return to global politics. the guardsan, entitled for the red pope, writes pope francis has talked more about climate change than anything else on his u.s. visit, adding this gives the impression, bedroom issues don't bother him so much. more than just the abortion issue also includes war refugees and the destruction of the environment.
south china morning post, chinese soldier asks another about what facebook ceo mark zuckerberg posted about the meeting. the other says he has no idea because facebook is blocked in china. china's first lady is proving she can hold her own on the u.s. stage. as patricia sabga reports, unlike previous first ladies she does not shy away from the spotlight. >> reporter: she's the glamorous half of china's preeminent power couple. ♪ ♪ first lady hanley luan. a folk and opera singer who was popular on her own longer before her husband became china's president in 2012. >> honoring luang has been famous since about 1983 when she
first appeared on the china's central television new year's special which is watched by a majority of people in china. >> these days it's the fashion note she strikes that draw eye balls from the home crowd where she's a trend setter. >> purse bag even her shoes, and people would follow her trend. >> and abroad where pung is an ambassador for chinese designers. a role she has worn well enough to win a spot on vanity fair's best dressed list, and some would say fashionably equipped michelle obama. fashions do matter especially when you're china's most visible first lady in decades. >> the last high profile first lady was wife of chairman mao, and gang of four, whose names were synonymous of brutality flt
cultural revolution. her star power has broken through that dark shadow. and while attention has its awkward moments, vladimir putin scandalized, while he draped a shawl over her shoulders. >> she brings a mild image because you know, president xi is very strong. >> and project power abroad. >> to have a first lady who is charismatic, who's able to you know chat with the charismatic american first lady. i think those are all things that again indicate china having a stature that is equal to the united states. >> a first lady who has proven she can hold her own on any stage. patricia sabga, al jazeera. >> i'm antonio mora in new york,
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